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Heroes, Moss, Bark Beetle

The latest issue of the research magazine uni'wissen contains a variety of topics and a special section on the coronavirus

Freiburg, Jul 03, 2020

At the University of Freiburg, researchers from different disciplines are involved in transnationally coordinated studies and scientific projects on SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19, including the fields of medicine as well as safety research, materials research or microsystems engineering. This work, as well as other diverse research and special projects from instruction during the past winter semester, is presented in the current issue of the research magazine uni'wissen. A sample of the articles is listed below.


Indicators for societal issues  

One man’s hero is another man’s villain: Why classic heroes are no longer contemporary, but heroic stories are in demand, explains sociologist Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bröckling.
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Battling the loss of moorland

Moors have absorbed more CO2 through moss than all the forests combined: Dr. Eva Decker, Melanie Heck and Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski explain how peat moss cultivated in bioreactors can contribute to climate protection.
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Knowledge exchange about the bark beetle

Gaining a sense for the right message: Dr. Regina Rhodius describes how students from the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources tested problem-based research and learning.
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The mysteries of SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19

Where does it originate, what does it do, where does it go? Freiburg physicians Prof. Dr. Martin Schwemmle, Prof. Dr. Winfried Kern and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Hengel are investigating the origin of the novel coronavirus, the symptoms of the disease and the prospect of a vaccine.
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Proof in 35 minutes

Fast, simple and easy to use: The University spin-off Spindiag GmbH plans to launch a rapid test for SARS-CoV-2 as early as the third quarter of 2020. Dr. Mark Daniel and Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle explain which test principle they had to convert that has already worked for other pathogens.
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Concepts that lead the way in times of crisis

It is not just a medical decision about whom to save and whom not to save. Sociologist Nils Ellebrecht is initiating a European dialogue on the corona pandemic with the NO-FEAR network.
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Creative 3D Printing Alliance

Fast and user-friendly production, biocompatible and sterilizable material: Researchers at the University of Freiburg and the Medical Center – University of Freiburg use 3D printing to produce face visors for medical use.
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View the current issue of uni‘wissen


Annette Kollefrath-Persch
Office of Public Relations — Editorial office for uni’wissen
University of Freiburg
Tel.: 0761/203-8909